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Instant Pot Banana Bread without a Pan

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Discover how to make your very own Instant Pot Banana Bread- even if you don’t have a pan. 

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Banana bread is undoubtedly one of the easiest ways to use up those extra bananas that you might have, and has turned out to be one of the most popular lockdown recipes ever.

But let’s face it- some of us aren’t into baking, or have probably never tried it as well. If you’re one of them, you probably don’t have a pan as well, and you might be ditching the idea of making the bread altogether. 

Well, don’t let that stop you. You could actually whip up perfectly delicious banana bread in your very own instant pot, even if you don’t have a pan. Here’s how! 

What Else Can I Use to Make my Instant Pot Banana Bread?

While our recipe calls for the use of glass mugs to make the instant pot banana bread, there are several other kitchen essentials you can use instead, even if you don’t have a proper bread pan. 

  • A casserole dish
  • A cast iron skillet
  • A muffin pan
  • A bundt pan
  • A cake pan

Some of these might be instant pot compatible, and others might not- so you might need to work it out accordingly. 

  • Instant Pot Inner Pot - I like to have an extra inner pot available because of how much cooking I do in my Instant Pot. It comes in really handy when I want to put a lid on the inner pot and refrigerate the leftovers, or mix up ingredients the night before to save time at the end of the day.
  • Silicone Lid for Instant Pot- I'm not sure how I lived without this one. Having a silicone lid for my Instant Pot has made life so much easier. It is perfect for adding ingredients a day or two ahead of time.
  • 101 Instant Pot Recipes for Beginners-  If you are new to pressure cooking, this is a great ebook to get you started with basic recipes you will use over and over again.

Why Should I Cover the Jar with Aluminum Foil?

If you notice our recipe directions carefully, you’ll find that we insist on covering the mugs with some aluminum foil before placing them in the instant pot.

If you’re wondering why, well, that’s simply because this little step ensures that your bread is thoroughly cooked all throughout. 

When you don’t use aluminium foil, sometimes, the banana bread might end up getting cooked from the surface, but will still be runny from the bottom and the center. Plus, this also keeps the surface of the banana bread from losing out on the moisture and getting burnt. 

This trick can also help you out when you’re cooking pasta bakes and casseroles. 

Why Does My Instant Pot Banana Bread Become Dense?

instant pot banana bread

The key to ensuring that your banana bread has the perfect light and fluffy texture and doesn’t end up becoming too dense is to make sure you don’t overmix the batter. When you mix the bread batter too much, the gluten will develop more, which will cause your bread to get that chewy texture. 

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How Do I Make Sure it Isn’t Raw in the Middle?

Whether you’re making your banana bread in an instant pot or in an oven, it is important to remember that the temperature or heat setting shouldn’t be too high. If the temperature is too high, the bread will cook well from the sides, but will stay raw and undercooked in the center. 

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Yield: 4 Jars

Instant Pot Banana Bread in a Jar

Instant Pot Banana Bread in a Jar

Discover how to make your very own Instant Pot banana bread- even if you don’t have a pan. Go ahead and give it a shot now!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Additional Time 15 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes


  1. In a large bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients: flour, brown and white sugar, baking soda, and salt.
  2. In a medium sized bowl, whisk together the wet ingredients: eggs, butter, milk, and vanilla extract. 
  3. In the large bowl with the dry ingredients, create a well in the center. Pour into the center of the well your wet ingredients. Mix well.
  4. Add in your mashed bananas to the bread mixture. Mix well. 
  5. Pour one cup of water into your Instant Pot. Place the trivet inside. 
  6. Spray cooking spray inside each jar. Pour in the banana bread mixture evenly amongst 4 jars (I suggest using large mouth, pint size jars). 
  7. Place aluminum foil over each jar. Place each jar on the trivet. 
  8. Close the Instant Pot, and close the vent. 
  9. Cook on High Pressure for 20 minutes and allow it to release manually (should take about 15 minutes). 
  10. Remove the jars carefully from the instant pot using a towel or hot pad. Transfer to a cooling rack. Allow the bread to cool. 
  11. Remove the aluminum foil and enjoy! You can eat straight from the jar with a spoon, or turn the jar upside down on a plate, slice, and serve with butter!



  • Can my dog eat Banana Bread? No, Banana Bread is not healthy for your dog and shouldn't be fed to any dog breed. Banana Bread contains sugar and dairy products such as milk and butter which can upset their stomach and lead to gastrointestinal problems in the least.
  • Can my cat eat Banana Bread? Desserts are not a natural part of a cat's diet. Cats are obligate carnivores, which means they can only get necessary nutrients from meat. So a piece of Banana Bread can upset a cat's delicate digestive system.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 721Total Fat 27gSaturated Fat 16gTrans Fat 1gUnsaturated Fat 9gCholesterol 156mgSodium 818mgCarbohydrates 112gFiber 4gSugar 59gProtein 11g

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